Archive for June, 2017

June 28, 2017

Always Look for the Expiration Date

Beginning June 21, 2017, home health and hospice providers should have started using the renewed Fee for Service, Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage, form CMS-R-131.

FFS ABN will be utilized in the event Medicare is expected to deny care.

Although there are no changes to the form itself, providers should be aware that there is a newly incorporated expiration date of 3/2020.  Besides the expiration date, the ABN has also been revised to include information to the beneficiaries of their rights to CMS nondiscrimination practices and how to obtain the ABN in an alternative format if needed.

The form, along with the form instructions, can be found at this link:

June 7, 2017

Summer Equals Melanoma Awareness

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. UV radiation from the sun, tanning beds or sun lamps can lead to melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. 3.5 million people are diagnosed each year with some form of skin cancer and men over 50 have an increased risk of developing melanoma compared to the general population. Women…keep an eye on your man. Studies show that women are nine times more likely than men to notice melanoma on others.

Shedding some light on tanning beds:
Brazil and Australia have banned indoor tanning completely. Those who have tanned indoors have a 69% higher risk of developing basal cell carcinoma before age 40. People who first used a tanning bed before the age of 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%. 12 states have banned the use of tanning beds by anyone under 18.

Not all moles are created equal. A normal mole should be symmetrical. If you notice spots on your body that seem to change in diameter or color, make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately.

Although sun provides us with an excellent source of vitamin D, too much is not a good thing. 90% of skin aging is caused by the sun. Protecting yourself from harmful UV rays on a daily basis with a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, reduces your risk by 50%.
So, slather on the sunscreen and don’t forget your hat this summer as you enjoy life’s natural rays.